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Cruel blow: Fahey ruled out of Euros, Green called up

The Birmingham City midfielder has failed to shake off a persistent groin problem and will miss next month’s finals.

Fahey in the Ireland camp this week.
Fahey in the Ireland camp this week.
Image: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer


KEITH FAHEY HAS been forced to withdraw from Ireland’s Euro 2012 squad due to injury.

The Birmingham City midfielder has been sidelined because of a problem with his groin and although he didn’t play any part in this afternoon’s 1-0 win over Bosnia Herzegovina at the Aviva Stadium, was expected to be fit for the finals.

There was no mention of the 29-year-old former St Patrick’s Athletic player in Giovanni Trapattoni’s post-match press conference but an FAI spokesperson tonight confirmed in a statement that he has been replaced by Paul Green.

“During the warm-ups at today’s match, Keith Fahey felt something not quite right. He was scanned following the match.

The FAI medical team have just received the results of the scan which showed unfortunately that his groin strain was persisting. The results were discussed with the player and he agreed that would not recover fully in time for Euro 2012.

“As a result, he is departing from the squad and Paul Green is being called in. Giovanni Trapattoni spoke to the player, who is very disappointed to miss out on Euro 2012, and told him that he remains part of his plans for the future.”

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